‘We must get share of social house funding’ – McNulty

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Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Politics

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called for additional investment in Social Housing across Newry and Armagh following Theresa May’s commitment to invest £2billion each year in new build social and affordable housing in England and Wales.

Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Housing is one of the major issues I deal with on a daily basis in my constituency offices in both Newry and Armagh.

 

 

“People are in genuine need; many are in homeless or in the wrong type of accommodation. We urgently need to see a sustained programme of investment in social and affordable housing across the cities of Newry and Armagh, but also in some of our larger towns and villages.

“In planning the new build, there must be the right mix of properties constructed. We need to see bungalows developed for elderly and disabled persons, but also for families and single parent families as well. Given the changes in welfare policy and payments there is also a need for two bedroom properties and flat/apartment type accommodation,” he insisted.

 

 

“We are constantly in contact with the local offices lobbying for and supporting applicants who need housing. Many people are in real distress, some are living in temporary accommodation whereas others are being forced to turn to hostel accommodation just to make sure they have a roof over their heads.

“This week Theresa May announced proposals to investment £2billion in new social and affordable housing every year and this has to be welcomed.

 

 

“However, I want to see exactly how much this will mean in relation to the North’s Block Grant. Furthermore, whatever money is allocated to the block grant must be ring-fenced for housing, it cannot be allowed to be swallowed up in other public spending priorities here. Housing investment is badly needed and needed urgently,” the local MLA added.


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